Hotrods and original classic Fords from
Ford A-V8 late 40s style build
Rod Shop started off with an incomplete and badly built A-V8 which had
many problems. It did however feature some very nice original parts and
a solid original steel Henry body. We completely rebuilt it
incorporating many traditional 1940s tricks to make this one on the
finest A-V8s on the road. We took out the boxed repro frame and replaced
it with one of Eds Rod Shops special 32 X-frames. The car features a
flathead motor with many rare vintage speed parts, a S-10 5 speed
transmission with banjo axle converted to open drive. The front end is
entirely chromed although built predominently from original parts. The
hood sides are hand made and the '32 grill shell was leaned back 1"
to give the car a more rakish stance. A 1946 center X-member utilzing
the original '46 pedal box was fitted to the A-V8 frame. The pictures
below illustrate the build up of this hot rod.
is the body mounted on it's re-built frame from Eds Rod Shop
Heavy steel center box of the 1946 central crossmember required a
shallow tunnel being added to the floor of the car.
we can see the A-V8 frame being mocked up. 1932 Rails, Model-A front and
rear crossmembers are held securely in place by a cut down 1946 central
crossmember. The second picture here clearly shows the plastic dummy
flathead V8 engine block we use for mocking up.
style covered tubular shocks are mounted at the rear using special
standard Model-A hood with 1932 style center hinge was too short to fill
the gap between body and grill. This was partly because of the '32
wheelbase but also because we had decided to rake the top of the grill
about 1/2" back. It was decided to make up new side panels with a
distinctive louver pattern.
modifiying and measuring twice before cutting and folding the sheet
metal. Here are the new longer side panels installed with new latches.
illustrates a typical rust repair on the rear panal. The cut-outs for
the Pontiac lights were welded shut as was one of the dashoard
instrument holes because it had been cut out of line!
the finished dashboard with a new switch panel fabricated underneath it.
is Ed's famous 1932 X-frame. This frame utilizes a 1942-48 center
section. This ensures a torsionally rigid frame without boxing
the A-V8 frame is assembled with it's drivetrain. The A-V8 frame
features original Model-A front and rear crossmembers
combination of 1932 rails with a Model-A rear crossmember and spring
behind axle configeration lowers the rear of the car substantially
cherry original 1940 backing plates and chromed Lincoln drums make for
an awesome front brake. Note the stainless steel mounting bosses for the
front cycle fenders
is the trunk area with features an internal gas tank for safety and a
gel batterie mounted in an ammo box.
dropped 32 I-beam
S-10 5-speed transmission
underside of the car showing the reversed center box and the rear
floating wishbones. Note the original factory lettering on the rear
flathead motor featuring vintage speed parts
bench seat on MK2 Transit sliders and Bell helicopter seat belts
quite low this rod has a level stance typical of late 40s rods
drums thru the '35 spoked wheels
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Ed's Rod Shop